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UNLV Dance Presents “” In Stride' ' April 26-29

UNLV Dance presents its final performance of the season, “In Stride,” featuring work choreographed by the bachelor of fine arts majors in dance performance and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 26 – 28 and at 2:30 p.m. April 27 – 29 in Dance Studio Among the Alta Ham Fine Arts structure.

All seats are $18, with $10 tickets readily available for seniors, military, students, and UNLV faculty, personnel, and alumni. Tickets may be bought at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).

UNLV Dance Provides '' In Composition ' March 2 & & 3

The UNLV department of dance presents In Structure, a collaborative performance in between the department of dance and School of Music that produces an interesting program of new music and choreography. In Composition will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Judy Bayley Theatre.

Act One features choreographer Dolly Kelepecz-Momot and author Diego Vega’s ballet partnership illustrating Latin music, culture, and dance, Mountains to Sea. The piece has four brief motions that deconstruct the conventional designs of music from Vega’s homeland of Columbia.

Choreographer Margot Mink Colbert and author Cynthia Wong contribute Three Brief Pieces, created through the exploration of motion motivated by the noise of the structure, therefore creating 2 parallel art kinds. The work was first choreographed for “Midsummer Night’s Dances,” a program carried out in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the summer season of 2017.

Completing the very first act is choreographer Richard Havey and composer Jennifer Bellor’s cooperation of Bellor’s music Chase Destiny from her album Stay. Bellor’s Stay was included on NewMusicBox’s staff chooses as displaying a “wonderful presentation of how to maintain a highly private compositional identity without having to take sanctuary in pre-post-genre musical silos.” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox). Chase The Stars is sung live by Bellor, with the rap voice of Rasar Amani.

Act 2 functions department of dance chair Louis Kavouras and music director/composer-in-residence Beth Mehocic. They have actually teamed up on a brand-new work entitled Resonant String, which develops a material of movement with diverse interactions that ups and downs from the voluminous field of area. Mehocic’s rating, Interactions for Viola and Manufactured Sounds, creates the acoustic background and environment for the choreography. Nancy Uscher, dean of the UNLV College of Fine Arts, performs viola on the piece.

Flight of an African Grey is by choreographer Vikki Baltimore-Dale and Beth Mehocic, choreographed to Picasso’s Flight for String Quartet by Mehocic. The music was influenced by Mehocic’s caged African grey parrot, Picasso, who sits in his cage and, Mehocic states, dreams about flying. “He does all these remarkable dives, turns, and balances in his cage, however when discharge, all he can do is flap his wings and slide to the flooring,” Mehocic said. “You can nearly notice Picasso’s imagine soaring in the clouds, and the sound effects in the strings provide the illusion of fluttering wings.”

Act 2 ends with a kind of “dance by opportunity” for choreographer Cathy Allen and author Charles Halka, who have actually participated in the imaginative procedure for Falling From The Curve. The music consists totally of noises from numerous things and instruments that Halka has actually gathered over the years. After seeing Allen’s work and participating in wedding rehearsals, he understood some of these sound combinations would fit perfectly. According to Halka, the long, continual consistencies, peaceful rustlings, layered textures, and jaggedly percussive bursts serve as a backdrop to the intimate, sometimes restrained, in some cases impulsive, and always perfectly shaped movement in Allen’s choreography.

All seats are $18, with $10 tickets available for senior citizens, military, students, UNLV professors, staff, and alumni. Tickets may be acquired at the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center ticket office at pac.unlv.edu or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).

Best Bets: Paul Anka, So You Think You Can Dance, the Emerge benefit show and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Local soul vocalist Sabriel takes part in the Emerge benefit program at Brooklyn Bowl.

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017|2 a.m.

. The Sun brought you some rich conversations this week with 2 of the super stars playing the Strip this weekend– Harry Connick Jr. and Joe Walsh– but those guys are simply a sample of what’s showing up in Las Vegas in the next few days.

PAUL ANKA The legendary entertainer– and the only artist with a song in Signboard’s Hot 100 in seven successive decades– is back at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. He just recently told the South Bend Tribune that his earlier days in Vegas contributed to his development as a songwriter: “I started with Sophie Tucker at the Sahara Hotel in 1959. Then I was there with the Rat Load at the Sands (Hotel) in 1960. All of that gave me a various gravitas. Then composing things like ‘The Tonight Show’ style and (the theme for the1962 movie) ‘The Longest Day.’ The word was out that I had the legs to last if I worked at my craft.” Nov. 17, details at < a href=" https://www.thesmithcenter.com/event/an-evening-with-paul-anka-2/" target=" _blank

” > thesmithcenter.com. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE The current live tour version of the popular talent competitors show brings the leading 10 finalists from the 14th season to the Pearl at the Palms Friday night. Special visitors include all-stars Jasmine Harper, who’s worked with Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, and Marko Germar, who’s seen stage time with Jennifer Lopez. Nov. 17, information at < a href="

http://www.palms.com/pearl-theater.html” target=” _ blank” > palms.com. DAVID SPADE & RAY ROMANO Of all the various checking out standups who move through the Terry Fator Theatre as part of the Mirage’s Aces of Funny series, the one-two punch of preferred TELEVISION funnymen Spade and Romano presents a special show experience. Get a double dose of laughs (and great deals of sarcasm) Friday and Saturday. Nov. 17-18, details at < a href="

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” > mirage.com. Related material EMERGE BENEFIT The first-year Emerge Effect + Music Conference was rescheduled from November to April, however the organizers are bringing a group of their up-and-coming artists– White Reaper, Mondo Cozmo and Grandson along with Las Vegas’ own Mike Xavier, B. Rose and Sabriel– to Brooklyn Bowl for a one-night mini-fest with profits going to the Las Vegas Victims Fund. November 18, info at < a href=" https://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1585888-white-reaper-mondo-cozmo-las-vegas/" target=

_ blank “> brooklynbowl.com. BRUNCH TO BROADWAY Tony Award-nominated Las Vegas residents Robert Torti and DeLee Lively-Torti have dealt with a lot of stage and screen productions to count. They’re bringing their several years of experience to the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort for a Sunday matinee production packed with the most cherished Broadway songs carried out by Eric Jordan Young, Brandon Nix, Ashley Fuller and others backed by a five-piece band directed by Angela Chan. Nov. 19, details at stationcasinoslive.com.

So You Believe You can Dance lands at the Pearl

With a lot of talented dancers from a lot of artistic categories making Las Vegas their expert head office, it seems just natural for the 15-time Emmy Award-winning program So You Think You Can Dance to bring its live trip to town. The show’s leading 10 finalists from its 14th season remain in the middle of a 34-city run that takes the stage at the Pearl inside the Palms on November 17.

The theme for this year’s tour is “All the Right Relocations”– favorite routines from the TV season go back to join initial pieces produced solely for the live show. Accompanying the 10 finalists– Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver– are SYTYCD all-stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. Harper has actually carried out in Beyoncé’s Lemonade, at the 87th yearly Academy Awards and alongside artists like Taylor Swift, Usher and Pitbull. Germar has actually gone on to perform in Grease Live, on Glee and with Jennifer Lopez.

It’s a sure thing that when this program moves from the little screen to the huge stage in a city developed on dance, it’ll be among the weekend’s most remarkable efficiencies. So You Think You Can Dance at the Pearl at the Palms, November 17.

UNLV Dance Showcases BFA Dance Majors with “” Between”” Nov. 16-19

UNLV Dance is proud to present “In Between,” an exciting collection of dances choreographed by dance majors,

Performances will be held in Alta Ham Fine Arts Dance Studio One, Rm. 111. at:

7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18
2:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19

In addition, dance professor Victoria Dale will present a work that will represent UNLV at the International Association of Blacks in Dance International Conference, and artist-in-residence Kristine Keppel will present a contemporary dance work.

Tickets are $18 and can be acquired at pac.unlv.edu or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787 ). Discounts are available.

UNLV Dance Presents “” In Orchestra 3″” Oct. 20-21

UNLV Dance provides its very first concert of the year, resuming the “In Orchestra” series, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Artemus Ham Concert Hall.

UNLV Dance groups with the UNLV Chamber orchestra, under the direction of Taras Krysa, to present Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Instead of simply rebuild the original ballet, the objective of the work is to gather a group of choreographers and inform the conventional story though the lens of various dance styles and categories, including ballet, modern-day dance, jazz, modern dance, hip hop, and folk dance. “In Orchestra 3” also will bring members of the UNLV Theatre into the mix by reciting some of Shakespeare’s initial text throughout the piece.

Efficiency highlights:

Dance & & complete orchestra
This production is a new version of the traditional ballet Romeo and Juliet: blending dance styles, genres, and forms, with choreography by UNLV Dance faculty (Cathy Allen, Victoria Dale, Margot Mink Colbert, Richard Havey, Louis Kavouras, and Dolly Kelepecz-Momot) and guest artists (James Jeon, choreographer in residence at Seoul Ballet Theatre, Jiyeon Kim and Jaesun Lee, dance professors at Korea National Sport University).
Music by Prokofiev carried out by the UNLV Chamber orchestra under the instructions of Taras Krysa.
Lighting by Elizabeth Kline, with video forecasts by Beth Mehocic.
Students from UNLV Theatre will be reciting a few of Shakespeare’s original text throughout the piece.

$ 18 – All Seats. $ 10 discounted tickets are readily available for senior citizens, military members, all trainees, UNLV Faculty and Staff, and UNLV Alumni. Tickets might be purchased at the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center Box Office, at pac.unlv.edu, or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787). Season subscriptions also are readily available.

'' A Choregraphers’ Showcase' ' commemorates 10 years of dance partnership


Virginia Trudeau This year’s display efficiencies start October 8 at Mystére Theater.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017|2 a.m.

. This Sunday begins the 10th anniversary efficiencies of the annual collaboration between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil known as “A Choreographers’ Showcase.” The first of three programs is set for 1 p.m. October 8 at the Mystére Theater at Treasure Island, and the program continues October 14 and 15 at the very same Strip area.

“AIR CONDITIONING” is emblematic of the long tradition of Las Vegas entertainers avoiding the Boulevard to work artistically with other regional artists, but there are 2 dancers-choreographers who are particularly thrilled to work together for this year’s edition.

Rachel Thomson is among the ballet’s business artists, in her 3rd year in Las Vegas from Alberta, Canada. She’s participated in “ACS” as long as she’s been in town, and she met Vegas native Anthony Cardona, an entertainer from Cirque’s “Michael Jackson One” show at Mandalay Bay, that first year. They began dating soon later on, and together they’ve created among the 15 initial works that will exist in this year’s show.

“We struck it off immediately, and she’s been my love since,” says Cardona. Though they’ve danced in the display, it’s the very first time for both performers to choreograph for the occasion. “We thought it was an excellent concept to collaborate and we were motivated by the whole team to do so, and they have actually been helping us along the way on the entire project.”

Cardona has choreographed different entertainment occasions at MGM Resorts residential or commercial properties during his profession, but the hip-hop dancer says this collaborative experience is expanding his point of view like never before. “She and I have 2 various trainings however we decided to come together and get rid of any presumptions of what we must be doing and start fresh,” he says. Their piece utilizes elements of Thomson’s style, ballet, combined with poppers, a bonebreaker, and other street-style dancers.

“Our piece is a combination of both of those [styles],” Thomson says. “There are specific sections he was more focused on and particular ones that are more my part, however numerous multiple parts where we bring them together.”

Their piece likewise includes a member of NBT’s Future Dance Scholars program, an outreach project established in 1993 that serves trainees from underserved communities and provides direct exposure to the art and education of dance.

“It’s an actually big honor for both of us to be part of the anniversary occasion,” Cardona says. “It’s not simply a partnership of artists, it’s truly various audiences coming together, too. People who may not go to a Cirque shoe or go to the ballet will sit together and delight in seeing these worlds collide.”

More than 60 regional artists from both companies plus 10 Future Dance Scholars will carry out in the showcase, a benefit for the nonprofit ballet company. Proceeds will support the business’s productions at the Smith Center along with its education and outreach programs. Tickets for the efficiencies begin at $25 and are available by calling 702-894-7722 or at nevadaballet.org.

UNLV Dance Announces 2017-18 Season– “The In Crowd””.

UNLV Dance reveals its 2017-18 season. For tickets, check out the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office or call 702-895-ARTS (2787). Season subscriptions with a savings of as much as 20 percent are offered, as well as individual tickets. Discount rates are offered.

In Orchestra 3
Oct. 20-21

The first concert of the year resumes the UNLV Dance and the UNLV Orchestra “In Orchestra” series. UNLV Dance will team with the UNLV Orchestra to provide Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Rather than simply reconstruct the initial ballet, the goal of the work is to gather a group of choreographers and tell the conventional story though the lens of many dance styles and categories, consisting of ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, modern dance, hip hop, and folk dance. “In Orchestra 3” also will bring members of the UNLV department of theatre into the mix by reciting some of Shakespeare’s original text throughout piece. “In Orchestra 3” will be presented in the Artemus W. Ham Auditorium.

Efficiency highlights:

Features Dance and Full Orchestra.
This is a new variation of the classic ballet Romeo and Juliet. A mixing of dance styles, genres, and kinds, with choreography by UNLV Dance faculty (Cathy Allen, Victoria Dale, Margot Mink Colbert, Richard Havey, Louis Kavouras, and Dolly Kelpecz-Momot) and guest artists (James Jeon, choreographer in house at Seoul Ballet Theatre; Jiyeon Kim, dance faculty at Korea National Sport University; and Jaesun Lee, dance professors at Korea National Sport University).
Music by Prokofiev performed by the UNLV Chamber orchestra under the instructions of Taras Krysa.
Lighting by Elizabeth Kline, with video forecasts by Beth Mehocic.
The production also will bring UNLV department of theatre into the mix reciting some of Shakespeare’s original text throughout the piece.

In Between
Nov. 16-19

November promises an amazing collection of dances from the bachelor of arts dance majors. “Between” presents these operate in the Alta Ham Fine Arts Dance Studio One, HFA, Space 111.

Efficiency Emphasizes:

Bachelor of arts majors choreograph this series of pieces. UNLV has been acknowledged by Backstage Magazine for its high-caliber choreography program.
Victoria Dale also will provide a work in this performance that later on will represent UNLV at the International Association of Blacks in Dance International Conference.
Dance artist-in-residence Kristine Keppel will provide a modern-day dance work in this show.

In Composition
March 2-3

UNLV Dance always has actually had a deep regard for original music composition. This is reflected in the department’s having a music composer-in-residence on its full-time faculty. Teacher Beth Mehocic will team up with UNLV School of Music structure faculty members Jennifer Bellor, Charles Halka, Diego Vega, and Cynthia Wong, in addition to dance professors choreographers Cathy Allen, Margot Mink Colbert, Victoria Dale, Richard Havey, Dolly Kelepecz-Momot, and Louis Kavouras to develop the performance “In Structure.”

“Interactions,” a new work composed by Mehocic, will feature an efficiency by Nancy Uscher, dean of the College of Fine Arts, with choreography by Louis Kavouras. “In Structure” will exist in the Judy Bayley Theatre.

In Stride
April 26-29

The season ends with “In Stride,” a collection of works choreographed by the bachelor of fine arts majors in dance performance and choreography. This program will be presented in the Alta Ham Fine Arts Dance Studio One, HFA, Room 111.

Season tickets are now on sale for $15 per performance at the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center ticket office, conveniently situated on the northeast end of school attached to the south face of the parking garage. Maps and instructions are offered online. Individual show tickets also may be bought for $18 over the phone by calling (702) 895-ARTS (2787) or online at the PAC ticket office website. Discount tickets are readily available to elders, military members, all trainees, UNLV professors and staff, and UNLV alumni. Discounted season tickets are priced at $8 per efficiency and specific efficiency tickets are available for $10.


Oct. 6: Louis Kavouras will present excerpts from Erick Hawkins’ work “Plains Daybreak” as part of the Barrick Museum Celebration of the Arts occasion. The department of dance likewise will provide a movement improvisation at this occasion.

Oct. 3: James Jeon, choreographer in residence at Seoul Ballet Theatre in Seoul, South Korea, will provide a master class for regional talented ballet trainees. This class will be followed by a performance by Jeon, Louis Kavouras, Jiyeon Kim, and Jaesun Lee of the work they just recently created and presented at the Yeonsu Five-Sense Dance Project in Korea.

In Jennifer Lopez'' s ‘World of Dance,’ the dancers are the stars


Wilfredo Lee/ AP Singer Jennifer Lopez appears back phase with her awards at the Latin Signboard Awards, Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Fla.

Wednesday, Might 31, 2017|2 a.m.

LOS ANGELES– In a little studio tucked into an industrial park beside the Burbank Airport last month, 11 dancers dressed in black rehearsed relocations for a coming performance, the guys displaying sparkly canes. They were quickly called into another studio, where Jennifer Lopez was grasping a glittery microphone, her young daughter hanging off her waist.

“OK, let me see exactly what you men did,” she stated matter-of-factly. They spun, strutted and vibrated for her in a blend of salsa and hip-hop dance. Lopez nodded in approval and, child-free, improvised some fast hip swirls. She then joined her crew members, matching them beat for beat, grooving seductively one moment and hitting fast, sharp positions the next.

Yep, she’s still got it. And if she mixed in with the dancers, it’s because as soon as upon a time she was among them, part of the support squad. Lopez began dancing for acts like New Children on the Block, Janet Jackson and, a lot of notoriously, as a Fly Girl on the 1990s television series “In Living Color.”

“Before I was anything, I was a dancer,” Lopez stated in a phone interview the next week. “It’s so much a part of my trajectory.”

That trajectory comes cycle with “World of Dance,” a brand-new reality dance competition for which she is an executive producer and the lead judge. The program, which is to have its premiere Tuesday, on NBC, includes 47 acts from around the globe battling in departments based upon age (the youngest is 9) and group size (from musicians to big performers). Division winners will contend for the modest title of Best worldwide.

That definitive-sounding honor and the tournament-like format work together with the sports metaphors Lopez and others frequently utilized in discussing the program, citing its athleticism, sense of drama and physical threat. “We had actually broken bones on the program; we had injuries and emotional breakdowns,” she stated. (Several of the show’s developers call it “the Olympics of dance” and describe participants as “artistic athletes.”)

Unlike the popular television dance competitors “So You Think You Can Dance,” which challenges candidates to carry out a variety of styles in routines created by a roster of choreographers, the rivals on “World of Dance” perform their own regimens in their chosen styles. And unlike “Dancing With the Stars,” which sets celebs with professional ballroom dancers, “World of Dance” features just dancers: no football gamers, washed-up political leaders or previous Playboy bunnies.

“My entire objective with this program was to produce a chance and a venue for dancers to in fact be the stars,” Lopez stated, and to get to do something they seldom have a chance to do: “really make some money.”

The grand prize is a shocking $1 million. As Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Tv Alternative Studio and a manufacturer of the show, stated, “Having a prize that was significant and life-changing was crucial.”

Amongst those contending for the jackpot are 801 Squad, a ballroom/jazz group from Utah; the French hip-hop set Les Twins; and Prodijig, a modern Irish dance group from Dublin. Also represented are tap ensembles, ballet duos and a flamenco dancer. Some participants have actually made names on their own, like the young hip-hop troupe the Lab, which has carried out with Justin Bieber, and the Jabbawockeez, which headline a Las Vegas program. Others have yet to “make a brand on their own,” as Lopez put it, something she stated she hoped the show’s direct exposure would assist them do.

Such diversity leads to an obvious problem: “How is a soloist going to take on a huge crew?” asked Derek Hough, a champ ballroom dancer, regular “Dancing With destiny” pro and among 3 judges on “World of Dance,” together with Lopez and the R&B vocalist Ne-Yo.

To address his own concern, Hough mentioned an episode where a girl took the phase alone after a large group. “I believed, This is so unfair,” he remembered. “However she blew us away. It simply silenced that question.” Referring to the very same circumstance in a separate interview, Ne-Yo said, “One dancer with the correct amount of enthusiasm can be just as vibrant as 20 individuals.”

A comparable concern can be posed about the impossibility of pitting greatly different designs against one another. “World of Dance” will use a numbers-based scoring system that grants points in classifications like method, imagination and shifts. “It’s a rubric you can break down,” Hough said. Unlike other TV skill competitors, there is no audience input. Episodes are prerecorded, and all choices are made by the judges.

The program’s formula follows a design developed on the competitors dance circuit, a robust industry that hops from one convention center to the next throughout the country, providing master classes and contests targeted at teenage and preteen dancers. The circuit is arranged by production companies like World of Dance (the show’s namesake, and among its manufacturers), which was founded in 2008 and fueled by the eruption of dance on the internet.

“YouTube truly grew this phenomenon,” said the company’s founder, David Gonzalez, who recognized dance’s organisation potential after seeing the reaction to break dancers at a car show he produced. By 2011, World of Dance had broadened internationally and now draws in a considerable following on social media and at live events. Lopez stated she had actually found choreographers and dancers from its competitions. After searching one event in 2015, network producers welcomed World of Dance to partner on a show.

Jenna Dewan Tatum, the host of “World of Dance,” is a proud product of dance conventions. A self-described “competitors kid,” Tatum was a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake and Ricky Martin before starring in the 2006 dance movie “Step Up.” She marveled at how TELEVISION dance shows have actually elevated the image of the dancer in the entertainment industry since she started.

“When I began, the dream was to dance for Janet Jackson,” she said– a dream she accomplished. “I’ve enjoyed the dream modification for dancers. Now the dancer’s dream is to be the star.”

Tatum also serves as the program’s mentor, inspiring and consoling the dancers backstage, which stirred fond memories of “my own teenage self going through this flight,” and sobering ones about “how I’m going to feed myself, pay my lease, get the next task.”

“World of Dance” proved a similarly poignant experience for Lopez. “It’s a struggle to be a dancer,” she stated, recalling years of training as a kid– her idols were Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera and Michael Jackson– and unlimited auditions. “It takes discipline and enthusiasm, and you have to be unrelenting.”